WHAT TO COLLECT # 10. LIONEL SMIT.

Today I went trough the exhibition of Emerging and Established Artist Lionel Smit at the museum of Contemporary art in North Miami Beach. Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City. Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 9. Chris Ofili ART

Chris Ofili is renowned internationally for his richly layered works that combine imagery and influences from sources as divergent as comic books, hiphop, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Biblical scenes, and 1970s-era Blaxploitation films. Since moving to Trinidad in the mid-2000s, Ofili has looked increasingly to the Trinidadian landscape and mythology in order to further reflect upon his long-term consideration of history and identity. His most recent paintings have been animated by figures and scenes from folkloric myths and arguably revisit and revise tropes of modernist painting by artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Since Ofili’s earliest paintings he has…

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story. Arthur Lavine, Helen Gee, ca. 1954–1960 Courtesy Gary Schneider Dear Helen, I am writing to let you know that, sixty years on, some of the questions are still the same: who succeeds as a photographer? And, whose photographs sell?…

WHAT TO COLLECT #8 Donald Judd

One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, the radical ideas, and work of Donald Judd continue to provoke and influence the fields of art, architecture, and design. Born Donald Clarence Judd on June 3, 1928, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, he served in the United States Army from June 1946 until November 1947. Before he transitioned to work in three dimensions, Judd began as a painter and an art critic, having studied philosophy and art history at Columbia University and painting at the Art Students League. He developed his idea of the permanent installation of his work and…

Galleries you need to explore during an Art Basel Hong Kong

TANG CONTEMPORARY ART 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong https://www.tangcontemporary.com/ PARA SITE ART SPACE Set up in 1996 and for many years the city’s only name in contemporary art, Para Site is still a proud voice in Hong Kong’s independent art scene. • 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay http://www.para-site.org.hk/ GALLERY EXIT Opened in 2008 to provide an exhibition space for emerging Hong Kong artists, with an emphasis on edgy, conceptual art. • 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong http://www.galleryexit.com/ M+ PAVILION The first completed portion of the West Kowloon…

ABOUT DIVERSITY IN ART INDUSTRY

“The more diversity you have, the faster you are able to get the right answer…” – Kerry McCarthy. When I read interviews with people like Thelma Golden, I am not afraid to achieve new goals. As someone from the far country, I am responsive to the diversity in my industry. For all the time I am looking for ways to work in a foreign land with native and multicultural people. I became more loyal, more tolerant and more open-minded for last five years for the laborious time I moved and studied a new language. Thelma’s bio shows that we can…

“Observatory of Light” FOR LOUIS VUITTON

This spectacular glass-colored structure named “Observatory of Light” is designed by the French artist Daniel Buren. He has covered the glass sails of the Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton (also called) building in Paris with an array of multicolored filters. Daniel Buren – a French artist known for his in-situ works – has covered the 3,600 pieces of glass making up the building’s 12 sails in brightly-colored filters. The colorful pieces have been arranged in a chequerboard-like formation, and have been applied to both the inside and outside of the building’s glass facades – creating a kaleidoscopic effect that changes…

WHAT TO COLLECT #7

Gianluca Traina was born in 1984 in Palermo, where he currently lives and works. He attended the art school of his hometown, where he graduated in 2002. In the same year, he moved to Florence to study Fashion Design at Polimoda. In2004 he won a scholarship of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in Milano attend a specialization course in Fashion Home Design. This course enabled him to acquire the necessary knowledge that will open the doors of the fashion Empire. His work until 2008 for the most important companies in the industry, boasting important partnerships and experiences. The failure…

BEST WAY TO APPROACH A GALLERY

For me, one of the most intriguing moments for the contemporary art, that this is a human way of speaking about our transformations. From the personal prospectives to the outside world we are studying identities in action through the different art technics. I see art as a dominant element which contains a range of conceptual meanings and theoretical roles associated with it. If you think that your work has a strong manifestation and deserves the personal attention of the gallery, you shouldn’t wait with submission. Check out galleries that you think may like your work. Start to explore art spaces…

WHAT TO COLLECT #6

Carlos Cruz-Diez The Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923) has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art, a movement that encourages “an awareness of the instability of reality.” His body of work has established him as one of the key twentieth-century thinkers in the realm of color. Carlos Cruz-Diez’s visual art explores the perception of color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present. Watch “Carlos Cruz-Diez Interview: The Colours We Create” by @LouisianaChann on

WHAT TO COLLECT #5 SKY KIM

SKY KIM Born in Seoul, Korea, she received her M.F.A at Pratt Institute, has exhibited all over the US and internationally, and has collected a National Museum of Contemporary Art’s North Korean Art Competition Award and a Pratt Institute Art Grant. Her work has been exhibited at the Toronto Art Fair, GLAAD Art Auction, DUMBO Arts Festival, the Gwangju Biennale and has been reviewed in multiple publications including The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and the Arts Observer. Kim has described her work as “meticulous, labor-intensive watercolor paintings/drawings (that) are at once abstract, anatomical, spiritual and sensual.”…

WHAT TO COLLECT #4 CARMEN HERRERA

Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter. She began to paint at the age of 12. She moved to Paris after WWII to join other great painters … Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, and more. She was very good, by almost anyone’s observation; she even had shows with other famous artists. Unlike the other artists she was around, she was a woman and she was Cuban American. Unlike the other artists she never sold a painting. She never sold at age 25, or age 30. She came home from Paris in the early 1950s, in her late 30s. And she…

WHAT TO COLLECT #3 PAOLO ICARO

Paolo Icaro, one of the most interesting contemporary artists. In the seventies he started to construct his research according to a profound and theoretical formal severity, exploring several techniques, spanning from drawings to performances but concentrating primarily on sculptures and installations.